Creating and maintaining an online business is exactly that! A business! Get it set up the right way from the beginning to ensure your success in making money online. I am here to help in any way I can, so let’s get into this article on Online business tips for beginners!
In this article I will give you other articles to read that I think would offer you some background information or more specific information, so I do suggest you take a moment to read any article I reference here in this post! I write with purpose, and I am a detailed person, so if learning how to do a successful online business is your goal, you’ve landed in the right place.
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Tip #1 – Do your due diligence
Coming to this website is a great step in doing your due diligence before setting up an online business. If you look around this site, you’ll see many articles on how to successfully set up a free website and market online.
I’m also going to reference several articles from this site for you to read as we go along in this article, so please take a moment to read those to get the whole picture of how to best set up your new business!
Tip #2 – Get an education
It’s important that you know how to operate an online business. I do give a lot of instruction on this website, and I also direct you to the #1 University online when it comes to internet marketing, which is Wealthy Affiliate University.
I suggest you take a moment to review this article here below which will go into detail about the benefits of the Wealthy Affiliate program and how it will get you started 100% for free. When I say free, I mean that they do not even ask you for your credit card information. You will get full start-up and set-up training in their academy, you will get two totally free WordPress websites, hosting and security. It really is quite an amazing program, and the very best way to begin.
So, in order to get a full understanding of the benefits of the Wealthy Affiliate University, take a quick look at this article:
Tip 3 – Have realistic expectations
This is probably one of the hardest parts of setting up an online business. When you go online and start searching for programs, you will be met with some pretty impressive promises! “Make $100 a day in your first week!” “Earn $10,000 within 30 days!” Nonsense!
I’m sorry to tell you that this is just simply not true, and any program promising a quick return is feeding you a bunch of lies and just trying to take your money. You must understand that in order to be successful, you will need to follow a proven process, and that process is building a website and adding content to it over time.
You see, you have to be recognized by the search engines as a reputable and reliable website in order for those engines to recommend your website to people searching for the type of information you are providing (i.e. your niche). This can take many months to even be recognized and many more months to begin to get people (i.e. traffic) to your site.
Let me be clear about this – You can make a huge amount of residual income every single month if you do this right. What I’m saying is that you must give it the time necessary to build the business, and you must follow the proven process!
Tip 4 – Choose a niche you love
What is a niche, you ask? A niche is the subject of your website. It is the subject matter of what you are writing your content about, and I cannot stress enough the importance of choosing a niche that you love. The reason that I say this is because you are going to be spending a great deal of time immersed in that niche when you are researching and creating content for your website.
It will be very difficult to remain enthusiastic months down the road in a niche that you have no passion for. That is why I stress the importance of choosing a niche you love! Here is an article I wrote that I think you would greatly benefit from reading before you set up your website:
Tip 5 – Keep good records
I can’t stress enough the importance of this step right from the beginning. I’m going to give you some ideas, and I will be doing some other more detailed articles about this aspect of the business, because I really feel it is so very important.
What kind of records? Well, for affiliate marketing, here are the basics:
1. Keep track of each website separately – use an excel sheet to keep track of each post and the various links on that post as well as what you do to market each post. I am going to share with you my personal excel sheet that I use for this express purpose. It helps me to make sure each of my posts makes it to the social media platforms, the comments area, and I can look at the links in the post at a glance:
These are three different screenshots because the excel sheet is too long across to post the whole thing and I wanted you to see all the columns I set up for each post. I am always adjusting and adding as I go along as well, such as a second Pinterest post column, and I may even add a third as it is important to post with different pictures on your various boards on Pinterest. (Lots of strategies, and with Wealthy Affiliate, I am always learning new ones continuously!)
2. Keep track of your affiliate agreements and login information – Each time you set up an affiliate agreement with a new merchant or network (like Amazon for example), you want to have a record of the login page for that network or merchant, your username and password, and the products you market for them and on what site.
I know this can sound overwhelming, but just do yourself a favor and take the time to set up these records in the beginning, and that way you will just add them when you add a new product or merchant, and it’s super easy. It avoids any confusion on your part, and it’s easier to keep track of your commissions when you know what you have set up to market and with whom.
Here is a screen capture of an excel sheet I set up to keep track of the various affiliate marketing agreements I have and the login information for each. It really helps keep track of everything, believe me! It’s in two screen captures, and it actually continues across (some products are on more than one or two posts).
3. Keep track of all business expenses. Personally, for me, I am a member of the Wealthy Affiliate program, so my out-of-pocket cost is minimal each month. I started with their free Starter membership, and then I upgraded to their Premium membership once I saw the value they provided. It’s literally $49 each month – it’s a business in a box. Therefore, that is really my entire expenses to run two websites each month.
I recommend if you are trying to set up an online business, you look into the Wealthy Affiliate program. Here’s an overview of the free Starter Membership (start there – it’s 100% free – no credit card required) and the Premium Membership (upgrade once you know this business is for you!). Whatever your expenses, you will want to keep track. Remember, the Wealthy Affiliate training program teaches you how to get generic (no cost) traffic to your site, it is not based on paying for ads or anything like that.
In conclusion, before you do anything, take a quick look around this site and get a feel for what online marketing is really all about. You can get an overview of the Affiliate Marketing process with this article here:
You can also get an idea of 10 things you want to think about when setting up an online business here:
Once you have done your research, be sure to grab your free Wealthy Affiliate university and platform membership right here below. You will be offered a world-class education, two free websites, and full-time access to me inside the Wealthy Affiliate Premium platform. You just can’t go wrong with this program. There is nothing like it if your goal is to make money online!
My goal with this website is to help you set up and maintain a successful online business. If being successful is your goal, I welcome you to leave me any comments or questions below here in the comments area.
If you would prefer to contact me privately, you may do so about this or any other article on this site at Babs@CoachingforInternetMarketers.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
Starting out can be tough, I know, so I will also be sharing lots of free resources to get you going.I am dedicated to providing this information to my readers, and I hope you always feel free to reach out to me.
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